According to the Houston Chronicle, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center has reopened its heart transplant program, two weeks after shutting it down to conduct an internal review of recent deaths.Read More
Health Affairs today published a study surveying a nationally representative sample of board chairs in 1,000 U.S. hospitals. The results found that just half the boards rated quality of care as one of their two top priorities and only a minority reported receiving training in quality. This is the first national study of board chairs linked to quality performance.
A report examining not-for-profit community health system boards finds substantial variation between current governing practices and “benchmarks of good governance” on issues such as controlling executive compensation, overseeing community benefit, and board engagement.
A team of researchers led by a professor of health management and policy at the University of Iowa between 2007 and 2008 compiled data from a mailed survey to health system CEOs; conducted a comparative analysis of systems’ three-year operating performance based on various data sets and cost reports; performed an analysis of systems against well-established governance benchmarks based on CEO survey responses, and visited high-performing systems, where they conducted interviews with board members.